Press Release

Application opens for the Bush Institute’s Lindsay Lloyd North Korea Freedom Scholarship

Scholarship helps North Korean escapees and their children pursue educational opportunities and build prosperous lives in freedom

DALLAS, TEXAS Today, the George W. Bush Institute formally opened applications for the 2024 Lindsay Lloyd North Korea Freedom Scholarship, designed to help North Korean escapees and their children pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives.  

Applicants are eligible for a scholarship up to $10,000. The awards help escapees further their education by attaining a post-secondary degree, attending English-language classes, or completing a vocational program. Scholarships may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and on-campus housing at any accredited institution of higher learning.  

“As one of the first recipients of this program, I am honored to help other North Korean escapees studying in the United States through the Lindsay Lloyd North Korea Freedom Scholarship,” said Joseph Kim, Program Manager of Global Policy at the Bush Institute. “As a North Korean escapee myself, I am truly inspired by the bravery and resilience of our scholarship applicants. I am proud of who they are and who they have yet to become.” 

To date, nearly $300,000 has been awarded in the form of 75 scholarships to vocational school, community college, university, and graduate-level students who aspire to lead a variety of careers including as doctors, financial advisors, and United States diplomats. Many recipients have said the funding enabled them to complete their studies and expressed a desire to pay the generosity forward, helping fellow North Korean immigrants themselves. 

The Bush Institute conducted a  needs assessment study on North Korean refugee communities, revealing a trend of self-sufficiency but finding many escapees are in low-paying jobs, with little chance for advancement. Research shows many want to improve their opportunities through education but face economic obstacles. The findings led the Bush Institute to work with Korean-Americans and other community leaders across the country to establish the scholarship in 2017. The scholarship is administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas.  

Applicants must be born in North Korea or be the child of someone born in North Korea; they must permanently reside in the United States as a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee; or be a North Korean escapee with South Korean citizenship pursuing a degree in the United States. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to reapply. The application closes April 1, 2024.  

This effort is part of the Bush Institute’s ongoing work to improve the human condition in North Korea.  

Interested candidates can learn more and apply on the Communities Foundation of Texas website at 


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